Falcons host RIT, Nov. 17-18
Nov. 14, 2017

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The Last Meeting
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February 18, 2017
Rochester, N.Y.
Falcons sweep RIT with 3-2 win in series finale
Kyle Haak had a goal and an assist as Air Force defeated RIT, 3-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester, N.Y. The Falcons swept the two-game series and improved to 21-8-5 overall and 18-5-3 in the league. With the win, the Falcons remain in second place in the AHC, but moved within one point of Canisius with one game in hand. On the final weekend of the regular season, Canisius will play just one game while Air Force will play two at home against Sacred Heart, Feb. 24-25.

This Week
Air Force (5-5-2, 1-4-1 AHC) hosts the RIT Tigers (5-3-1, 5-1 AHC) in a two-game Atlantic Hockey Conference series, Nov. 17-18, at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena. Faceoff is at 7:05 pm MT.
Live Stream
Every home game and every Atlantic Hockey game will be streamed on AtlanticHockey.tv for a subscription fee.

Both games will be broadcast on Xtra Sports 1300 and will be available online at www.GoAirForceFalcons.com.  The game is also available on TuneIn. Jay Ritchie will call the play-by-play while Dave Toller will provide color analysis. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before faceoff each day.

Air Force has played eight of its first 12 on the road ... Matt Serratore leads the team with five goals and is tied for second with seven points ... He has seven points in eight games this season ... Evan Giesler leads the team with eight points (1-7-8) ... He had two assists in the 3-3 overtime tie at Holy Cross ... Matt Koch is the top scoring defenseman with seven points (3-4-7) ... Eight players have scored between five and eight points this season ... Phil Boje is fourth in the nation with 30 blocked shots ... Five different players have scored Air Force’s six power-play goals (Baskin has two) ... The attendance of 3,326 in the first game against Army is the second highest in school history (3,535 in 2008) ... Air Force has won four straight and five of the last six against RIT.

Scouting the Tigers
RIT is 5-3-1 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic Hockey. The Tigers swept Robert Morris (5-3 and 5-2) last weekend in Rochester. RIT has played seven of its first nine games at home this season. The only road series was a sweep at Army.  Junior Abbott Girduckis leads the team with 12 points. Junior Gabe Valenzuela and senior Myles Powell each have 11. Junior Erik Brown leads the team with six goals. Freshman Logan Drackett has started eight of the nine games and has a 3.27 GAA and a .893 saves percentage.

Series vs. RIT
Air Force leads the all-time series vs. RIT, 27-20-4. The teams played four times last season and Air Force won all four, three by one goal and one by two goals. that included a late empty-netter. The Falcons swept the Tigers by identical 4-3 scores at the Academy, Nov. 11-12. Air Force then won both at RIT, Feb. 17-18, by scores of 4-2 and 3-2. Forty of the 51 games (78 percent)have been decided by two goals or less with 15 games going into overtime. Both Air Force and RIT joined Atlantic Hockey in 2006 and, since then, the teams have played 42 times. Air Force has won 23, RIT has won 16 and three have ended in a tie. Air Force is 17-7-3 against RIT at the Cadet Ice Arena. The teams have met six times in the playoffs, and each team has won three. RIT ended Air Force’s season in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Prior to that, Air Force had beaten RIT three times in the playoffs, the 2008 semifinals and the 2011 and 2012 championship games. RIT and Air Force have combined to win nine of the last 11 tournament titles. Air Force won it in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017. RIT won it in 2010, 2015 and 2016.  Canisius won it 2013 while Robert Morris won it in 2014.



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